Garreth D.
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Garreth D.

Garreth opened and concluded his speaking time at the Sept. 26, 2016, Charlotte City Council meeting with the call-and-response chant ‘no justice, no peace.’ Between the chants, he urged council to acknowledge and address the privilege that typically exists outside communities of color. As the buzzer rang signaling the end of his time Garreth left with, “I am a voice of the people. We are here to make a change, but you [government] have to start.”

One year later, Garreth still feels that government needs to work harder to better understand its residents and address the root issues that plague communities of color. He admits that the importance of the priorities detailed in the Community Letter, Charlotte City Council’s letter of commitment written to the community following the events of Sept. 2016, is undeniable but only scratches the surface. “Yes, affordable housing is an issue, but it’s deeper than that,” said Garreth. “You have to talk to the people to understand the root of these issues.”

Garreth said his commitment to Charlotte is to continue to spread messages of positivity and opportunity to the youth of Charlotte, and he encourages the institutions to do the same. “You have to go out to these communities first and show them that you care. You can change lives just by talking to [people],” he continues. “Especially the kids. If you can reach them, they can take that [information] home to their parents, spread it out to their friends and so on and so forth. It’s about touching the lives of the people.”

To bring about the change we want to see in our city, we all must make a commitment to being a part of the process.

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